Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Catherine Asaro.
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"Intrigue, drama and romance converge in Nebula winner Asaro's latest Skolian Empire adventure, an enthralling stand-alone that fills in the early history of the empire." (Publishers Weekly)
"Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire may be the most important and entertaining science fiction series to originate in the 1990s. However, its novels have not always been published in chronological order, and they share a vast cast. Newcomers should start with the ninth novel, Skyfall." (Amazon.com review)
I enjoyed this story very much. I thought the plot and characters were well developed and provides a great launching board to the next books in the Skolian Empire series, even though it was written in 2003 after 8 other books. So if you haven't read/listened to any of the others start with this one.
Even though the narrator did an adequate job, I found it frustrating that some of her pronunciations were inaccurate. It was very frustrating that she mispronounced psion with a hard p (instead of with a silent p). Some other well-known words were also pronounced in unusual ways and I just had to block it out. I wish narrators had time to check out how words in previous works in the same series were pronounced to provide a bit more continuity.
I am a huge fan of Asaro and especially her Skolian Empire series. This book, chronologically the first of the series, fills in some detail but offers little new and, at least to me, little that is exciting. The narration was fine but the plot was slow. The coincidental timing used by the author to solve the major thematic crisis was predicable and, frankly, far too easy. Perhaps I would be more charitable had I not just listened to Tale of Two Cities.
This is kind of a badly written story. Characters do or say really stupid things - beyond that of normal believability. The most powerful people act like 13 year olds...
I wanted to like this, the premise of the universe is different - but compared to Kay Kenyon's or others writing - it's just dumb.
I have read many reviews that said that this was a romance story it was not it was great backfill and I am glad that I did not listen to the critics and read this book you will be pleased with it along with The in-depth story.
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This book is mainly a romance novel that takes place in the future. It's a fairly shallow romance -- the two main characters, who happen to be leaders among their people, accidentally meet and fall instantly in love. Sure, other things happen around them, but that's the main element of the book. I'm usually a fan of romantic plotlines, but this one didn't have enough depth to hold much interest. The characters felt two-dimensional, and for a romance to draw me in I need to really care about the people in the story. The whole thing felt like a "paint by numbers" version of a space romance. There's nothing wrong with it really, just nothing especially right, either.
This was my first Skolian Empire novel, and I think one will be enough.
I was also a bit annoyed by the narrator's mispronounciations. That's usually something I can brush off -- after thousands of words spoken perfectly, anybody is entitled to miss one or two. But repeated mispronounciation of an often-used, key word is a little jarring.
Asaro created a cast of likable, believable, sympathetic characters; deep, textured worlds; and well thought political tension. I could do without the romance, but it's not so pervasive as to ruin the story.
This book was a fun, easy read, and even though it had a decent plot and storyline, it seemed somewhat simple for my tastes. The romance was reminiscent of Clan of the Cave Bear. Still, I'm glad I read it.
I like science fiction and was looking forward to a good read with this. A few years ago, someone had suggested this author to me, so I was excited to find this on Audible.
This book was just ok. Yes, I was entertained by the story, but the quality of the writing and the general story seemed amateurish. This is a more like a graphic novel (without the images) than a well-developed piece of science fiction.
One of the things I enjoy about science fiction is that the setting in space or different planets, possibly with aliens as characters, provides the author a means to express or raise interesting ideas or moral dilemmas. I believe this is exemplified in books such as Mary Doria Russell's THE SPARROW or James Blish's A CASE OF CONSCIENCE.
Unfortunately, it seems this book is science fiction simply for the opportunity to have characters with golden skin, mind-reading abilities, and space ships. This was fine for general entertainment but that's about it. Catherine Asaro has written many other books; it might be most revealing to say that I doubt I will bother with any of them.
After 1/3 through story could not continue. Nothing of any interest happens.
Female politician gets layover on undeveloped planet. Goes on horseback excursion with a native who has a seizure disorder. Instant love. An undeveloped character dies. Weather jeopardizes horse ride back to port. Presumably evil resort planners are coming - ohhh nooooooo!. Will the pristine planet survive? Ugggg.
This must be some amazing series that its followers tolerate such a boring backstory. I'll never find out.
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